[Loadstone] Accurate point entry

Brett brett06 at tpg.com.au
Sat Jun 30 07:01:59 BST 2007

Hi David,

I find you get more accurate positioning if once you have established a 
connection with your GPS receiver, go in to the GPS menu of Loadstone and 
turn off "power saving". This seems to cause my receiver to get stronger 
reception. Also when checking the accuracy of your points, try to do them 
when moving. The SIRF3 chipsets do have quite a bit of drift when standing 
still, so it could be that the drift is causing your point to seem in 
accurate. If I walk past my local bus stop and check the accuracy of my 
point, it is usually with in 3 to 4 meters. But when I check it while 
standing still at the bus stop, it can be anywhere from 3 to 15 meters, 
because of the drift in the Sirf3 chipset when standing still. You need to 
keep this in mind when evaluating the accuracy of your points.

Hope this helps,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Allen" <wd8ldy at xtra.co.nz>
To: <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2007 1:29 PM
Subject: [Loadstone] Accurate point entry

> Hi list!
> Well this is probably a beginner's question, too, but I know everyone was 
> a
> beginner sometime.
> I understand that positions marked inside wouldn't be accurate. I also
> understand that entering points while stationary isn't useful. But here's
> the thing. I've tried entering points outside while in motion and these
> don't seem to be any more accurate than  the inside ones. How can I 
> improve
> on this? I recently was at a place where I entered a point yesterday.
> Loadstone told me that the point was 12 Metres away at 12 o'clock. Now I
> know exactly where I was.
> I suspect the number of sattelites that are visible can be a factor in
> making your position more accurate as well. Is there a way of improving on
> that? I know that buildings can corrupt signals, so how far must you be 
> from
> a building to keep it from distorting your reception? Can a fence cause a
> problem? For example, one of the points I entered is very near a fence and
> it is taller than I am. Oh, the pains of being short. But anyway, these 
> are
> the things that I'm wondering as I begin to develop my own ideas about
> entering points.
> I wish there was a way of changing the measurements used. I can 
> appreciuate
> that I live in a metric country so everything here is in metres. But I 
> find
> it harder to reconcile the distances mentioned in my mind. After all, 
> since
> this is a personal thing we're doing for ourselves by entering points,
> shouldn't we have measurements that make sense to us? Maybe this
> functionality is already there, and I've missed it. If it isn't, perhaps 
> it
> could be looked at.
> Cheers,
> Dave
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